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Posted by: Teresa Lewis Date: August 29, 2000 at 10:54:57
  of 1706

I saw your 1996 post on the Prince George Co. site-I will look through all of my huge binder of saved info. for any info I have regarding your search.

I have been trying to find conformation on the parents of my gggg grandfather Joseph Casteel
My line is through Joseph- Samuel who m Aggie Fields- William who married Lucy Dingus, and Margaret who married John Franklin Blevins I believe that Joseph was the son of Edmund II and Johanna.I beleve Joseph's brother is Edmond III.

5. Edmund Casteel 3rd, of "Casteel" plantation, Piscataway Parish,
Prince George Co. MD., died leaving a will dated April 7, 1772, and
proved March 24, 1773 (Prince George Co., willsl Book T, No. 1, pages
48-49; Magurder, "Maryland Wills"), by which he gave to his wife
Rebecca_____ a life estate in Casteel plantation and his personal
estate and provided for the sale and distribution of the property in
equal shares to his children, whom he names, at her death . His
wearing apparel, perhaps including items inheirted from Capt. Edmond,
he left to his son Shadrach. The inventory of his estate, made April
10, 1773 (Ibid., inventories, book T, No. 1, page 264), lists a large
Black Box which may refer to the "Black Trunk" given by the will of
Christian du Chastel to Edmond, 2nd.

The following children are named in Edmund Casteel's will: 9.
Shadrach, who follows. 10. Abednego. 11. Francis. 12. Lucy the wife of
______ Athey. 13. Kezia, wife of (James ? ) Mitchell, On August 30,
1771, Edmund Casteel, 3rd, conveyed to James Mitchell a part of
"Casteel" plantation (Ibid., deeds Book AA, No. 2, page 291). 14.
Susannah, wife of _______ Scar?ce. 15. Sarah, wife of _______ Medley.
16. Cassandra, born Jan *, 1753 (MD hist. Soc. MS., Piscataway Parish
Register ), who was sole exectrix under her father's will. 17. Charity

( Continuing the record of the children of Edmund and Johannah

So far, I have found:
Edmond bc 1713 in Phila. and died 4/11/1772, Prince Georges, MD
Meshack bc 1718 in Prince Georges, MD
JOSEPH bc 1720 PG., MD (died 1803 Russell Co. VA?) age 83
John bc 1722 PG., MD
Zachariah bc 1724 PG., MD
Peter bc 1726 PG., MD

My Joseph appears to be most likely Edmund the 3rds BROTHER

Possible will of Johanna Casteel found in this location... but I do not know how to access online. Any ideas?

Created in 1731, Prince William County, Virginia is just fifteen miles from the nations capital in the District of Columbia. This database is a name index to wills filed with the county. Researchers will find the name of decedent and reference information to aid in finding the original document housed at the county seat of Manassas. It contains information on over 2000 men and women. For those seeking information regarding the will of a Virginian ancestor, this can be a great aid in finding the original document.
Extended Description:

Source Information:
Fridley, Beth. Prince William County, Virginia Wills (Part 1), 1734-1925. [database on-line] Orem, UT: Ancestry, Inc., 1999.

CNIDR Isearch-cgi 1.20.06 (File: 32)

From "'Leslie" " I descend from both the Casteel and Collett
families through my father's lines. My maiden name is Smith, and these
Smiths settled in Russell Co., VA, in 1774 . . . for which reason I've done
quite a bit of original records work on Robert Casteel while he was in
Russell Co. This same Robert also lived in Greene Co., TN, as did these
same Colletts whom Anita has named in her message. Since I have both
Casteel and Collett in Greene Co., TN, I've done a lot of work there as well.

Around 1810 my particular Robert Casteel ditches the south forever and
migrated to Clermont Co., OH (where all of his wife's people had already
moved). From then on, my Casteel line is strictly Midwestern--IN, IA, and KS.

The Colletts, however, leave Greene Co., TN, in 1819 for Campbell Co., TN,
where my Smiths had also moved. They were neighbors there, and the typical
and expected marriage took place, forever adding the Colletts to my Smith
ancestry. The Smith/Collett couple migrates on to Cole Co., MO. Two moves
later their grandson, Eli Smith married Minnie Luce in 1890 in Thayer Co.,
NE (she having a Casteel mother), with Grandma Sarah Collett Smith Murray
as a witness.

It had been a long time . . . I don't have a clue if they knew at the time
of that marriage that their families had long association, because they had
followed a very different migratory path once they left Greene Co., TN.
Before I took up genealogy, my family was of the opinion that our Casteels
were strictly Midwesterners while our Colletts were Southerners. Wrong . .
they're exactly alike.

**the Colletts whom Anita has just described in Missouri (and who are exactly
my line) descend from a sister to the wife of the first Edmond Casteel.
Christian Bom Casteel's will names her sister Wynetie, wife of Jeremiah
Collett, as executrix. The Collett line left Philadelphia for the 'greater
Baltimore' area, then went to today's Frederick and Monongalia Cos., VA
(OK, Monongalia Co. is now part of West Virginia). They leave that part of
the country and spend part of the Revolution in western North Carolina
(Rowan and Burke Cos.), then come into early Greene Co., TN, in the 1780's.

If we construct it correctly, the Colletts link the Casteels of SW VA and
early E TN to Captain Edmond du Chastel. And don't tell me you wouldn't
like a link that goes back that far! The Mitchells (Kezia Casteel's inlaws) provide a link from
Tennessee back to Maryland, but the Colletts push all the way back to

Also this is from the Boston Evening Transcript #5:

The children of Edmund and Johannah Casteel known with
certainty are: 5. Edmond 3rd., who follows, 6. Meshach, who follows
after his brother. And probably, 7. Joseph , who appears as a bondsman
in a transaction dated August term, 1745 (Prince George Co. ct.
minutes, Book DD, p. 196) 8. John, who married Rebeccah _________, by
whom he had ason Henry Casteel baptized, Aug. 25, 1765. )MD Hist Soc.
MS Piscataway Parish Register, Prince George Co. , MD., page 351). In
1773 John Casteel was living in ?Bedford Co. PA. near Shadrack Casteel
("Penna Achives," 3rd ser. vol. 22, p.44), and served in the
Revolution in Washington Co. PA., militia (Ibid, 5th ser., vol. 4, pp.
394, 704 But Joseph is not mentioned again...?? Until VA.
1779 Botetourt Co. VA Rachel Casteel marries Thomas Williams witnesses/ bond:
Joseph Casteel and James Casteel

I found that all VA census records from 1790-1800 were destroyed.
but found JOSEPH and ROBERT Casteel on the Russell Co. Tax Rolls in 1790.

(#7) My Joseph appears to be most likely Edmund the 3rds BROTHER both sons of Edmund and Johanna Hannah?
Is it possible that Joseph was a rebel and disassociated himself from the family for a short time, I also found Abeendigo as a runnaway and a record of Joseph and Abeendigo

CASTEEL FAMILY RESEARCH, Jean Brown Casteel, page 36
Marriages of Botetourt Co VA
20 April 1779 - Rachel Castile to Thomas Williams, witness/bond, Joseph
Casteel and /James Casteel
11 Dec 1798 - Nancy Casteel to Franceis Greenlee, witness - Abednego Casteel
19 April 1798 - Mary Casteel to Edward Greenlee, witness Abednego C Casteel

Agusta, VA Newspaper
SEPTEMBER, 1802 (A to G).

Court of Rockbridge versus Steele.--List of delinquents and insolvents
in the County Levy for 1796 in the Northeast District, by J.
Purris, D. S. for S. Keys, S. R. C.: Abednego Casteel, runaway; William
Campbell, removed to Amherst; Torence Doran, removed; John Donnaho,
Jr., Botetourt; Peter Horn, removed; James Martin, removed to Kentucky;
Samuel Paxton, Sr., removed to Amherst; Samuel Raneck, removed to Kentucky;
Robert Simpkins, removed; Simpson Sturgeon, removed to Tennessee;
Peter Sumbro, removed to Augusta; Thomas Tongate, Amherst.
Larry Shuck's "Greenbrier County now (West) Virginia Records" - (this includes 1780-1799 Early Survey Records; 1780-1801, 1811, 1817-1819 Early Court Minutes; 1828-1835 Court Records; 1792-1797 District Court Records; 1789-1802 District Court Deeds) In the Early Court Minutes there is passing mention of many men including a Joseph Casteel being paid for 184 rations furnished but has no further explanation, June 2, 1797 - May Court. Thomas Redman vs. Johanna Casteel and Elizabeth Casteel (no further explanation). The Early Survey records shows: Wm. Castile 57 a. br. Muddy creek, No. 11294 97 1/2 a., Apr. 6, 1787; Jos. Casteel 42 a. Muddy creek by comr. cert., asnee Anthony Shock adj. survey made for Francis Jackson, Mar. 11, 1785.

Casteel Brown; THE FRANCIS CASTEEL FAMILY compiled by Lois P. Allen; and

KNOX COUNTY, TN - MARRIAGES - Marriages, Cabaniss through Cuzzart

CASTEEL, Abednigo marr. HENSLEY, Agnes on 26-APR-1808
>From the 1830 Knox Co. census I found the following,

CASTEELS by B. Yarberry.

--I will share everything I find and I am concentrating right now on my Casteel line. The Joseph connection) I have some time off for the next few weeks to dig.
Teresa P.Lewis or

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